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Miranda Otto stars as Pulitzer Prizewin­ning poet El­iz­a­beth Bishop, a frag­ile woman on the brink of fall­ing apart while hol­i­day­ing in Brazil in the 1950s. An in­tense at­trac­tion to fa­mous ar­chi­tect Lota Soares (Glo­ria Pires) un­locks a strength of emo­tion Bishop never re­ally knew she pos­sessed, and rekin­dles a past weak­ness for booze she never quite left be­hind. What might have been a ba­sic, by-the-num­bers biopic is en­hanced by the yin and yang of two dy­nam­i­cally dis­parate per­for­mances here. To­gether, Otto and Pires con­vey ex­actly how two people can get along like a house on fire while si­mul­ta­ne­ously driv­ing each other up the wall.

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